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Our National Parks

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Our National Parks
By author: John Muir
Product Code: 50393
ISBN: 978-1-4236-5039-3
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Binding Information: Hardback
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Next Release Date: June 2018
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Price:  $16.99


For every person who has experienced the beauty of the mountains and felt humbled by comparison.


John Muir’s Our National Parks—reissued to encourage, and inspire travelers, campers, and contemporary naturalists—is as profound for readers today as it was in 1901.


Take in John Muir’s detailed observations of the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of Yosemite, Yellowstone, and forest reservations of the West. Be reminded (as Muir sagely puts), “Wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”


John Muir’s warmth, humor, and passionate advocacy for these public lands is enough to spur any reader on to plan a National Parks adventure of their own.

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Canoeing in the Wilderness

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Canoeing in the Wilderness
By author: Henry David Thoreau
Product Code: 49144
ISBN: 978-1-4236-4914-4
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Binding Information: Hardback
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $14.99


Thoreau’s famous trip through the Maine Woods reissued to entertain, encourage, and inspire contemporary naturalists.

Thoreau paints the woods and waterways of Maine with the same loving hand that described his Walden home, and entertains with the successes and difficulties of the trip and the quirks of his companion and their guide, Joseph Polis, told with a wit and insight that can only be found in Thoreau.

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My First Summer in the Sierra

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My First Summer in the Sierra
By author: John Muir
Product Code: 49120
ISBN: 978-1-4236-4912-0
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Binding Information: Hardback
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Price:  $16.99


John Muir’s beloved adventure in the Sierra reissued to entertain, encourage, and inspire contemporary naturalists.

Considered one of the patron saints of twentieth-century environmental activity, John Muir's appeal to modern readers is that he not only explored the American West but also fought for its preservation. My First Summer in the Sierra is Muir’s account of his adventures and observations while working as a shepherd in the Yosemite Valley, which later became Yosemite National Park as a direct result of Muir’s writings and activism. Muir’s heartfelt and often humorous descriptions of his first summer spent in the Sierra will captivate and inspire long-time fans and novice naturalists alike.

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How to Play in the Woods

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How to Play in the Woods : Activities, Survival Skills, and Games for All Ages
By author: Robin Blankenship
Product Code: 41537
ISBN: 978-1-4236-4153-7
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $19.99


This book is filled with skills, games, and activities for back-to-nature adventures and camping trips. It is great for all ages and abilities, from children to adults, and is a must-have for anyone working with scouts or youth groups. How to Play in the Woods is also a handy reference book for campers and outdoor enthusiasts who need to brush up on basic survival skills.

Learn how to make rope from plant materials, navigate using the sun and/or moon, build shelters, and start a fire. There are activities for teaching about safe knife handling, gathering and preparing wild foods, cooking on a spit, and plant medicines. And, for more fun and entertainment, there are instructions for making instruments, natural jewelry, clay containers, baskets, and even buckskin clothing.

This book encourages and motivates readers to be interactive with nature, to be free from prescribed schedules, and to just play and enjoy outdoors while relearning the wisdom and ways of our ancestors.

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Camping in the Old Style

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Camping in the Old Style
Edited by: David Wescott
Product Code: 37943
ISBN: 978-1-4236-3794-3
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Binding Information: Hardback
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $30.00


Back before the days of RVs, nylon sleeping bags, and all the other modern camping conveniences, people still went camping. This updated and newly designed color edition of Camping in the Old Style explores the techniques and methods used during the golden age of camping, including woodcraft, how to set a campfire, food preparation, pitching a tent, auto camping, and canoeing.

The book is loaded with nuggets of wisdom from classic books written by camping and outdoors pioneers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, such as Daniel Carter Beard, Warren H. Miller, Ernest Thompson Seton, Horace Kephart, and Nessmuk, and author David Wescott includes his own methods, techniques, and philosophies as well. A generous addition of color photos of present-day classic camping enthusiasts supplements many of the fascinating archival black-and-white photos.

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